This is the first official trailer for the 2019 blockbuster car movie Ford v. Ferrari, based on the famous 1960s rivalry between the two endurance racing rivals.
Starring Christian Bale as British driver Ken Miles and Matt Damon as the legendary Carroll Shelby, the film seems to be at least partly inspired by the cult success of Rush, the modestly embellished but beautifully produced story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda’s 1976 rivalry in Formula 1.
Ford v. Ferrari focuses on Ford’s furious mission to beat Ferrari at its own game. Two years into its endurance racing programme it had achieved very little with the disappointing GT40 MkI, and at the end of 1964 it gave Shelby the reins of the racing team. Success followed in early 1965.
With a promising race win at Daytona in February, Ford asked Shelby to design and build a car to outdo the mighty Ferrari 330 P3. They gave him an intensely short period of time in which to do it – allegedly as little as 90 days. In the movie Miles and Shelby work together to turn the disappointing MkI into the all-conquering MkII, developing it through race after race, until the main event.
Let us know what you think of the trailer. The full release is scheduled for November this year.